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Box #2: Stitch Fix Personal Styling for Travel Clothing

Don’t worry! The Vacation Gals is not turning into a fashion blog. (After my earlier post this week about Aventura Clothing, and last month’s post about Stitch Fix, it may appear that way.) But I’ve got new clothes on my mind. I’m tired of a lot of the items in my closet (some summery capris are–literally–a decade old), and I’m looking for some versatile items to take to Europe this summer.

After receiving one box of “mystery items” from Stitch Fix in March, I knew I wanted to sign up for the monthly service through June, just before I hop on a plane to London. (Read this post to learn a bit more about how the personal styling works.) I had such fun sharing the clothing choices last time, I figured I’d do it again.

Overall, this box was a mixed bag. One item I really disliked, two I loved, one didn’t fit, and one is too similar to something I already have.

Item #1: Fun2Fun Hilly Crochet Detail Chevron Print Tank $48, paired with my dark blue, ankle-length skinny jeans bought at Target for about $30

kara-topI love this top so much! Did I just purchase a racer-back tank from my last Stitch Fix box? Yes. Did that tank have crochet detail around the neck as well? Yes. I don’t care. This material is different (blousy polyester vs. cotton) and I adore the colors. I just ordered a kelly green Cabi cardigan that I think will match this tank, and my yellow Aventura Kyle Wrap also looks good with it. Verdict: KEEP.

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Item #2: Pomelo Lucia Embroidered V-Neck Jersey Top $58

karatop2This shirt is not good. It’s see-through. The heather-blue jersey is just like my Jockey nightshirt I wear to bed. It’s too big. The orange embroidery looks pinkish in this photo (or at least on my laptop screen), but in real life it’s closer to neon orange. Verdict: RETURN.

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Item #3: 41 Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan $48, paired with my white tank and Aventura scarf

karasweaterI love this cardigan! I already have a ridiculous number of cardigans for summer wear and for travel. But I truly believe you (I) cannot have too many. I wear light sweaters often while traveling–on a plane, in air-conditioned restaurants or in freezing conference rooms. I know I’ll pack a few for my stint on the Semester at Sea ship this summer. It is a bit sheer; note how you can see my white tank next to my dark jeans underneath the sweater. But I think that’s okay. The hue is much more peach than the pink I see on my computer screen. Sure, I have a Kyle Wrap in Mineral Red that is close to that color, but look at how well this one matches my Aventura scarf! Verdict: KEEP

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Item #4: Johnny Skinny Jeans by Kensie $88, paired with my Aventura Kendra tank

Fotor0408182232These dark blue skinny jeans in the above collage are just too similar to the pair I already own (compare the ones above to the Target jeans in the first photo at the top of this blog post). Since I already own a dark-wash pair of stretchy, ankle-length skinny jeans, I just can’t justify spending $88 on another pair. These jeans are SUPER comfortable, and I do think they’d look good with a longer shirt (i.e. a tunic to cover my butt a bit more), but they do hug my legs pretty tight anyway. I better just stick with the pants I have. Verdict: RETURN

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Item #5: Kaleigh Ankle Biter Skinny Jean by Kensie $88

Fotor0408183020These white jeans are just too tight. I wanted them to fit, and I wanted to love them (namely to wear with the striped racer-back tank I got in my first box), but they just aren’t quite my size (or I’m not their size). I’m not sure that asking for the next size up would help–they are also “very white” as my husband says, but at the same time a bit see-through. Verdict: RETURN

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Overall, I am pleased with this Stitch Fix box. Sure, I’m only keeping two items, but the jeans were close. It’s interesting my former stylist, Kara, didn’t pick these clothes; I’ve got a new stylist named Kim. I’m definitely going to try another box in May; I am having so much fun with these mystery boxes that appear on my doorstep every month! Maybe I’ll ask for another pair of white jeans–I would like to find a fab pair that fits me perfectly–or a dress. Or maybe I’ll just leave it up to the Stitch Fix stylists!

Disclosure: I don’t work for or with Stitch Fix, but if you sign up for the service with my referral link, I’ll get $25 off my next order.

6 Responses to “Box #2: Stitch Fix Personal Styling for Travel Clothing”

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    You look great! As much a shopaholic as I am, I’m terrified to cave and try Stitch Fix as I already have a bad enough problem with online shopping as it is (the downside of living in the sticks…I buy everything online!). Question: Can you designate which items you want? Like, say, could I only ask for tops and dresses and nix pants altogether, or do they just send you whatever they like?

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      Kara Williams says:

      YES. They will listen to you. You can DEFINITELY ask for “just tops.” After my last box, I asked for a cardigan and some pant options (denim or white) and they sent just that in my next one. There is a whole accessories/jewelry option that I said I didn’t want. I need more clothing help than accessories, and I definitely don’t need any more scarves!

      Check out the site – I think you can fill out a style profile without committing any money. And if you hate your first box, you’re only out $20. But I bet if you are very specific in your style profile and what you’re looking for, they’d send at least one item you’d like to add to your wardrobe (and the $20 styling fee will go toward your purchase, so you don’t lose money there).

      Use my referral link if you go for it! :-)

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    Jennifer says:

    Pink cardigan’s my favorite — you’re so pretty in pink! I never knew.

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      Kara Williams says:

      Here’s the funny – it’s actually more peach! Still, I do like how it looks in this (slightly skewed colorwise) photo.

  3. 3

    Great post because you are the 2nd person I know to talk up Stitch Fix recently. But here you go into such detail (love the photos!) and really describe the process I can get a feel for the brands and the reality of what might look good or not. Thanks!

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